Cal State Northridge associate economics professor Kenneth Ng was outed by the Daily News Tuesday as the publisher of a website that focuses on sex tourism in Thailand, but the school is not going to try to discipline him and stated that it supports his freedom of speech.
The site is a virtual guide for those who go to Thailand looking for women to bed: It tells men where to go, how to negotiate, and how much they should pay. One featured piece gives advice about looking for Thai transvestites, saying, "Sometimes you want to get it on with a girl. Sometimes a man seems like a good idea. Sometimes both have their own unique appeal." One post on searching for women outside Bankok states: "Valid driver's license, new car, a full tank of gas, and a police and fine free highway in front of you. Let the pussy hunt begin!"
Ng, however, defends his site simply as an open forum for discussion about the Thai "bar girl" scene, an outlet he began publishing when, he writes, he got into a debate with the owners of a Thai brothel after he wrote an item for their site about how to pick up regular Thai women without the pitfalls of frequenting prostitutes. He writes that the bar owners, two Americans and a Brit, took his post down because they thought it was offensive to Thais; they then disparaged him, the prof says. (Ng advised men to hang out near a popular shrine where women go to ask for spiritual help with relationship problems).
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He says that when he started his own competing site, BigBabyKenny.com, to provide a place for "No Hidden Agenda, No Censorship, and No Bullshit," the owners began sending threatening emails, allegedly telling him that if he didn't take the site down he'd be beat up the next time he came to Thailand. They even published the address of his Bankok apartment, he says, and then began sending emails outing his site to the university, the Los Angeles Times and the Daily News (thus, an article in today's paper).
"Everyone still has a seat at the table and can write what they want, how they want, and when they want," Ng writes. "BigBabyKenny.com still accepts and publishes posts from anyone and everyone about anything having to do with life in Thailand and The Thailand Girl Scene."
He defends the bar girl scene, which often involves prostitution, too:
"Legions of Thai girls from poor, uneducated, impoverished backgrounds have found opportunity and a better life by working in Bangkok bars and meeting foreign men over the years," Ng writes. "The whole system sounds a bit unsavory to Western sensibilities but the system is ubiquitous in Bangkok among foreigners and native Thais and a form of the same system is prevalent in most Asian countries-Communist China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Vietnam. It is even rumored that the wives of several high Thai government officials and politicians started out as a hostesses in a similar clubs."